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Strong Storms Hit Tennessee, Knocking Out Power to Thousands

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Strong thunderstorms have cleared Memphis and headed eastward.

The storms Monday knocked out electricity to about 50,000 customers in Memphis. There are scattered reports of wind damage but no indication of any tornado touchdowns. A tornado watch remains in effect for most of West Tennessee and has been extended eastward to include most of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau through Crossville.

The potential for strong thunderstorms, which could produce tornadoes, exists into Monday evening. Forecasters say heavy downpours could bring up to 3 inches of rainfall and trigger small-stream flooding.

Monday began with temperatures in the 60s and 70s, but the coming front will drop them into the 30s by dawn Tuesday, and there could be some scattered frost.

Temperatures are expected to rebound quickly at midweek.